I rarely review or comment on movies. It isn’t something I feel comfortable doing. Others are better critics of films, but after watching the opening showing of this movie with my three sons, I felt I needed to write down their comments during the movie and afterwards. (Please note all three of them begged to go see this movie.)
During the movie, my thirteen year kept asking, “Can we leave yet?”
During the movie my eleven year old kept saying, “This doesn’t make any sense, dad?”
During the movie, my nine year old asked, “Where is Anakin or Darth Vader? They were cool.”
During the movie, there were several times my sons burst out in laughter, then whispered to one another “That is so stupid!”
As we left the movie theater, my oldest two sons commented, “Disney ruined Star Wars. It sucks now.”
As we walked through the parking lot, my nine year old asked, “Dad, why was Finn always having to be rescued by the girl? I thought he was a soldier? Why is he such a wimp?”
As we strolled through the other groups leaving the theater, my oldest boys took up the chant, “Star Wars Sucks!” A chant which was joined in by most people leaving our theater.
As my kids waited patiently for me to open the car doors (my remote is broken), one of my sons said he didn’t realize Rey was the new and improved Chosen One who could fly the Millenium Falcon better than Han Solo and fight with a lightsaber better than Anakin Skywalker. (Both of which she could do without ever having piloted a ship before or ever having picked up a lightsaber.)
When we got home, all of my sons were asked by their mom (who is not a Star Wars fan) whether they liked the movie. They unanimously agreed that it was the worst movie they had seen in a long time, which was startling, because they never agree on anything.
But what about me you ask?
All I’m going to say is that I thought the prequel movies were bad, but now I can’t wait to pull them out and watch them again, because my plans to watch the new movie several times over the weekend are now cancelled.